BoatWiki - Definitions
A Builder's Certification as issued by the respective vessel manufacturer serves two purposes. First and foremost, it constitutes what is effectively an initial assignment of ownership or title. The certificate also provides data as required by the U.S. Coast guard with respect to what is known "build evidence". This allows vessels to engage in certain commercial activities when built within the United States. The buliders certification was initially called a master carpenter's certificate, but such term is now obsolete.
The Builder's Certification offers details which are similar to what is known as a Manufacturer's Statement of Origin (MSO). This is, however, designated more appropriately for state level boat registration purposes. Although either certification may be accepted as evidence of ownership by the Coast Guard and most states, only the Builder's Certification meets federal standards for build evidence..
As initial ownership or title documents, vessel manufacturers are supposed to issue either a Builder's Certification or Statement of Origin on a one time basis. However, both are inadvertently provided from time to time. First owners should accordingly make sure that only one of these enters the public domain with the other being returned to the manufacturer. This avoids the possibility of disparate registrations on the same vessel.
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2/22/2022 - Page initiated by Team BoatWiki.